The US is gearing up for a royal visit as Prince Harry is set to visit Washington, DC on 28 October to support the upcoming Invictus Games. Earlier this year, the prince announced that the Invictus Games will be held in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from 8 May to 12 May 2016.
The prince, who has recently started sporting a beard, will also visit Fort Belvoir military base in Virginia along with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden. The trio will meet and speak with wounded, rehabilitating and recovering service personnel, People Magazine reported.
According to E! Online, Harry is scheduled to take a tour of the USO Warrior and Family Center. He, along with Obama and Biden, will watch a short adaptive sporting event similar to one that will be part of the upcoming Invictus Games.
Kensington Palace said Prince Harry's visit will highlight the importance of mental health and supporting programmes for veterans who suffer from "invisible injuries". On Twitter, the palace announced that Harry will attend an Invictus Games board meeting and a reception at the British Ambassador's home in Washington, DC.
Harry announced that the next Invictus Games would be held in the States prior to his volunteer trip to Africa, where he worked on wildlife conservation. The Invictus Games, which were first held in 2014 in London, featured wounded servicemen and women from around the globe competing in a number of sporting events. The first games included over 400 competitors from 13 countries in nine different sports.